We have developed a community-based NHS eye care service for patients aged 16 years and over from across west Hertfordshire. This service is provided by Community Health & Eyecare Limited (CHEC), a consortium of consultant ophthalmologists and optometrists, under a contract with the CCG.
Services are provided from community locations such as GP and optometry practices to reduce the need for patients to go to hospitals for eye appointments.
Patients can be referred into the service by their local GP, optometrist or hospital consultant. This direct route means that patients' care can be progressed more quickly. Once referred into the service patients are assessed and then booked into community clinics or where necessary to a hospital eye service of the patient's choice.
Clinics will be delivered from a GP practice or one of 11 optometrist practices who are accredited to deliver some aspects of the service such as tests and examinations.
GP clinics are as follows:
- St Albans - Highfield Surgery, 1 Jacob Court, 61 Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0AY
- Dacorum - Highfield Surgery, Cambrian Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 5TA
- Hertsmere - Theobold Medical Practice, 119-121 Theobald Street, Borehamwood, WD6 4PT
- Watford - Sheepcot Medical Practice, 6 Cunningham Way, Watford, WD25 7NL
The service helps patients with a variety of needs including (but not limited to)
Flashes and floaters
Stable glaucoma monitoring
The service also supports cataract patients, providing the option of several accredited optometrists and ophthalmologists for pre and post-operative cataract visits from a number of convenient locations across Hertfordshire. CHEC manages cataract referrals and carries out the necessary approvals before making the onward referral to the patient’s choice of provider for the procedure.
You can find out more about Community Health and Eyecare by visiting their website www.communityhealthservices.co.uk